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Tune ID#1188 (Maid of Hollywell)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid of Hollywell about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BBow 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Maid of Hollywell, The / Maids of Hollywell / The Maids of Hollywell / The Maid of Holywell / The Maid of Holyhead / Joe Kilmurray's (3rd in The Tomín O'Dea Set on BBow 3; 1st in set The New Hall on KCB 6; 2nd in set A Box of Spoons on LitN) (also in A or doubled and in G)
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Discography cd

Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~19583#3
[KCB 1] The Kilfenora Ceili Band. The Fabulous Kilfenora Ceili Band. P.J. Lynch (fiddle), Gus Tierney (fiddle), Jim McCormack (flute), Gerry Lynch (accordion), P. Mullins, T. Eustace, P. Madigan, Kitty Linnane (piano), G. O'Loughlin (drums).
19917#3
[BBow 3] Buttons and Bows. Grace Notes - Nótaí Maise. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano).
19931#4
[MOK] Máire O'Keeffe. Cóisir. House Party. Máire O'Keeffe (fiddle).
~20022#1
[KCB 6] The Kilfenora Céilí Band. Live in Lisdoonvarna. Anne Rynne (fiddle), Conor McCarthy (accordion), Garry Shannon (flute), Tim Collins (concertina), Sheila Garry (fiddle), Fintan McMahon (piano), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), John Lynch (banjo), Sean Griffin (drums), Anthony Quigney (flute).
~20025#2
[LitN] Christy Barry, Conor McCarthy, Cyril O'Donoghue. Late . . . in the Night. Christy Barry (flute, whistle, spoons), Conor McCarthy (accordion), Cyril O'Donoghue (bouzouki, guitar). For this tune: Conor (accordion).
~20134#3
[ForGems] Peter Carberry and Pádraig McGovern. Forgotten Gems. Peter Carberry (accordion), Pádraig McGovern (B pipes, D pipes).
~201510#2
[RskaHll] Éamonn O'Riordan, Tony O'Connell. Rooska Hill. Éamonn O'Riordan (Eb flute), Tony O'Connell (C#/G# concertina).
~201510#1
[OMcD 2] Oisín Mac Diarmada. The Green Branch. An Géagán Glas. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Limerick Lasses
KCB 1
Paddy Finlay's
BBow 3
Flowing Bowl
MOK
Jenny Picking Cockles
LitN
Jenny Dang the Weaver
ForGems
Flower of the Flock
RskaHll
Played beforeOn Albums
Red-Haired Lass
KCB 6
Thirteen Arches
OMcD 2

Bibliography

Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As reel #209 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #37 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1958